I am told that the truths that I share sometimes come across a bit too curt. Not that the truths shouldn’t be firmly held, but when I share them verbally my tone and expression and responses to the listener allow me to share the truth and the balance of grace at the same time (please listen to some of my audios for examples).

Whatever today’s topic, the full balance always involves the the following sweet coatings on the sometimes distasteful pill of truth of:

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

1. You are not alone, Dr. Verle Bell joins you as the chief of sinners and in no position to judge your worth, dignity, security, future, or God’s ability to help you.

2. There is Hope!

3. If you are a saved child of God, you have worth, strength, and hope just because. You can’t lose it or increase it, you have them just because Jesus died for you and loves you.

4. There are no have to‘s for us but there are a lot of sure-would-be-nice‘s. These blogs are to help you grab ahold of all the sure-would-be-nice’s God has for you in the present.

5. If you never change, grow, fight the good fight, etc, You are still a winner, for we are more than conquerors- we forever remain in his love!

Stop to think, how many people have passed through this world without confessing with God that they are a sinner in need of salvation, asking for that salvation based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Since we have, as a result we are now immortals. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Now read on to get your share of the icing!

If you ask Him nicely, He might even let you lick out of the icing bowl, just as my Mom did when I helped her in the kitchen as a boy.

5 thoughts on “READ THIS FIRST

  1. I hope every reader takes your advice and listens to your audios. There will be no way they can call you “curt” if they do. The truth may sometimes hurt but it ALWAYS sets you free!

  2. I don’t believe I ever felt you were curt in your blogs. I just have to make sure I read them when I have time to digest them. They are so much more valuable then a cursory glance or a quick once over. I sometimes go back to read them a second or third time. Thank you so much for the time you take to write them.

    • Thanks for the encouragement. God’s ideas seem to grow along with us and we can often read the same truth and it seems to be saying new and deeper things. I had a person once who listened to my ramblings on living in Grace. The first time she listened to the tapes, she said “I can’t figure what this guy is going on and on about, seems useless to me.” The second time was about 6 months later and God had been talking to her and she said to herself,”Has he been following me around and taking notes?” The third time was a year later and she thought, “Well of course these things are true, how could I have ever seen it the other way?” It seems that this is one of the many things one would expect from God’s ideas, that they have layer and layer of application yet no varying on the basic truth, helpfull to the wise,or not, to the needy and the growing. God is so kind to equip his saints with what we need.

  3. I have listened to the tapes you made around 1990 while you worked at the Minirth-Meier Clinic outside Chicago. The tapes have meant so much to me. Now I am delighted to allow the insights to continue through your web page. Thanks so much. It was an answer to prayer, by the way, to see you in Grand Rapids before Christmas…made my week!

  4. “If you ask Him nicely, He might even let you lick out of the icing bowl, just as my Mom did when I helped her in the kitchen as a boy.” Licking the icing bowl could only take place after hard work takes place. To many times, we as humans want to jump to the nice endings, the pleasure point. The thing we must understand is that to get to lick the bowl, we must first do some hard work. I believe that when most feel as “curt” is actually when the TRUTH shows them where they need to put in some hard work in their life. They do not want to put in the hard work but instead the reward or pleasure.

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